TWENTY Year 13 students and three members of staff have returned home after a fabulous visit to New York.
The five night stay allowed students to experience the amazing sights and sounds of this vibrant city and visit some of its most famous places.
By day students admired the fantastic panoramic views from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building; by night students glimpsed the city that never sleeps from the dazzling heights of the 'Top of the Rock', a sky scraper situated at the northern end of the city.
A guided tour of Ground Zero, the site of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, was very moving and both guides shared their heart-rendering stories of how they were affected by the tragic events of 9/11.
A short walk to Battery Park and the group was able to view 'The Sphere', a large metallic sculpture by Fritz Koenig that had once stood at the heart of the Trade Centre.
With department stores such as Bloomingdales, Macy's and SAKS, and flag ship stores for Tiffany's, Juicy Couture, Mac and many, many more, students were spoiled for choice with bargain deals.
Yet, despite staff concerns over the added weight of the shoes, converse trainers, handbags, make up, clothes, jewellery and souvenirs which the students had somehow managed to cram into their cases, the plane was able to take off and bring us all safely back to Cheadle. Student James Rose said: "It was an amazing experience and I would love to do it again very soon. Thank you to Miss Forrest who organised the trip and to Miss Ward, Mr Richman and Mrs Wibberley."